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I began writing at a very early age but never took it seriously until I had the misfortune of having heart problems which meant I had to retire early from my employment at a local bank. I did gain publication of three of my books with a publisher in Canada who after only one year went bankrupt and returned all copyright back to me. After years of writing and submitting to publishers and agents I decided my only option was to turn to amazon kindle, four of which are in a series of adult fictional crime and two of historical fiction set around true stories. Of course as an author I still dream of the day my books are actually published by a conventional publisher and can be seen and read in the bookshops, but until that day arrives I will continue to write almost on a daily basis. Why? Since I have made very little money out of writing I actually enjoy what I do and that is something that gives me great pleasure even at the age of seventy eight. I live with my wife of forty four years in the coastal resort of Southend-on-sea Essex uk, and for relaxation away from writing we both enjoy our walks along the seafront.
Whilst writing my book about the tragedy in 1917 when two ammunition ships collided in the harbour of Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada, it dawned on me there might be living relatives, or maybe survivors of that terrible cold day in December 1917. For this I apologise and insist all of the characters in my book are indeed fictional. The story tells of one boy’s heroic deeds after loosing all of his family in the tragedy. John Smithers was to become a household name the each and every Canadian would remember. Each and every year at 9am on 6th December the bells ring out in Halifax in memory of those who died during the tragedy. John was in fact not the only one to lose all of his family since 2,000 lives were lost and many thousands injured by flying glass and other debris. A Tragedy no less than the sinking of the Titanic some years earlier.
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This is the story of the Kinmel army camp riot in North Wales in 1919. As the first world war came to a close the British government found they did not have the ships available to return our allies home, so camps were set up during the interim period and Kinmel was one of those. The conditions in the camp were said to be worse than those at the front and a flu epidemic swept the camp. Along with lack of pay, 200 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force rioted and almost brought the camp to it knees. During the fracas five young men died of bullet and bayonet wounds and are today buried in the local church of St Margaret's Bodelwyddan North Wales with the Maple Leaf Emblem on the graves. This is the untold story of the riot and the lead up to the court martials and nobody to this day was ever charged with the five deaths?.
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Stopping to catch his breath Jim Bent, ex met cop turned private eye, reflected on his two ex wives and the remains of a bullet still lodged in his back from a failed bank robbery he had attended. The building itself resembled something out of the eighteenth century and had the smell of books about it. The building had no lift so he had to endure the prospect of climbing the old staircase on a daily basis. Each step he took echoed around the old building,and Jimwondere if he had done the right thing by having a cheap office on the top floor. The thought of a desk job in the met had made Jim decide of another occupation but he never realised how much he had taken on. Embarking on such a career was something Jim had debated for a long time,and the connections he had gained as a cop may or may not help, but he was not prepared for his fist case which included murder!
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Faith and corruption, two words that maybe mean nothing to the average person. But faith is perhaps a word that conjures up thoughts of a great many religions around the world. Faith becomes more evident when a murder is committed in of all places a Mosque in the heart of London. A murder that requires the help of our intrepid ex cop Jim Bent. Jim’s knowledge and expertise of the underworld is something the Met are able to call upon as they have a murder in the Mosque and the death of a leading publisher found suffocated in a hotel bedroom. Jeremy Kettle director of Kettle publishing if found with a pillow over his head and his wife Polly becomes prime suspect.
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The estate bequeathed to the right honourable Vincent Crutchley and his younger brother James was set in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire. A modest twenty two roomed mansion left to the two young men by their father in his will.This also included the stables and a thriving solicitors practice in the city of London in which Vincent was to take control whilst his brother took charge of the stables and the many thoroughbreds that were groomed within Crutchley estate.Vincent became a prominent politician and he was to be the one that became a target for blackmail.Blackmail that was to require the assistance of Jim Bent as Vincent became a playboy who lavished gifts to his many women friends whilst James concentrated on his newest arrival of Arab stallions.  
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One year on from his encounter with murder and our intrepid ex cop was finding life a little dull following unfaithful husbands and wives but it did pay the bills. Little did Jim know that revenge was on the horizon. Revenge from a women no less from Jean Shildon as she stood in the dock awaiting her sentence.Screaming out in the courtroom that she would get revenge one day.
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